Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg


Wednesday, 08 July 2015 17:31

Cowboy poetry at Doc's Town, July 5, 2015

Three poets entertained people with their observations about rural and cowboy life during a cowboy poetry event hosted by Doc's Town Heritage Village in Swift Current's Kinetic Park, July 5. Bryce Burnett, Brian Anderson and Bev Currie took turns to read some of their poetry to an appreciative audience of about 20 people. Burnett and Currie also had their published work available for sale. Currie's collection of short stories about life in a rural Saskatchewan community is titled Sleepy's Revenge. Burnett's first collection of poetry, Homegrown and other poems, was published last year and is currently a 2015 cowboy poetry finalist for the prestigious Will Rogers Medallion Award. The cowboy poetry in the old church building was the first event in a full program of activities every Sunday afternoon at Doc's Town, including a country dance on July 12 and an antique tractor and classic car display on July 19. Doc's Town will also be hosting two Friday afternoon line dance parties in the H-Hut at 2 p.m. on July 10 and Aug. 7.


The Swift Current Drag Racing Association (SCDRA) hosted a well attended racing weekend at the Swift Current Airport, July 4-5. Good weather and no other drag racing events elsewhere during the weekend attracted competitors from across western Canada and from south of the border to Swift Current. There were 150 competitors on Saturday and 85 competitors on Sunday. The racing on Saturday included participants in the Saskatchewan Fastest Street Car Shootout that was hosted by Saskatoon's Performance Plus. The SCDRA's next racing weekend on Aug. 8 and 9 will provide another highlight when “Nitro Mike” Kunz from Mission, B.C. will be doing exhibition wheelstanding runs down the track in a highly modified Chrysler PT Cruiser. He will also be part of a car show at the Living Sky Casino on Friday evening, Aug. 7.


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A large crowd attended the Canada Day flag raising ceremony in Memorial Park at noon on July 1, which was hosted by Swift Current Tourism. The Canadian flag was raised by Agnese Vilde, who came to Canada from Latvia about seven years ago and received her Canadian citizenship last year. She attended the event with husband Matthew Jarrett and their children Tomass, Aija and Leila. The speakers at the event were Swift Current Deputy Mayor George Bowditch, Explore 150 Ambassador Kathleen Appiah and Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre Executive Director Icasiana de Gala. Afterwards people celebrated the country's 148th birthday with hotdogs and cake.




The 2015 Frontier Days grandstand entertainment started with an action packed show by the Knights of Valour, June 25. The knights provided an impressive display of full contact jousting as they charged towards each other on their horses with 11 feet long solid wood lances. The final championship match took place between Josh Tobey, the youngest knight in the troupe at 19, and the more experienced team captain Shane Adams, who claimed victory with a score of 10-8.


Frontier Days kicked off with the W.W. Smith Insurance pancake breakfast on Market Square in downtown Swift Current, June 25. All proceeds from the breakfast were donated to the local branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association. Blaine Switzer, the 2015 Frontier Days parade marshall, conducted the ceremonial branding of the official Frontier Days brand during the breakfast. Swift Current Agricultural and Exhibition Association Board President Steve Philp made a scholarship presentation to 2015 Frontier Days Ambassador Madison Kovar.


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